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The Maine Council of Churches is calling on Maine’s Congressional delegation to insist on a timely and orderly transition of government.
As a non-partisan organization of seven denominations who represent 434 congregations and 55,000 members in Maine, the Council has long advocated for civil discourse and integrity in our public servants. The Council does not support or oppose political candidates but focuses instead on the principles and values at stake in elections and public service.
Click here to watch Conscience and Hope live stream; a panel discussion on how the principles and teachings of different faith traditions (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) aid their followers’ discernment on political issues, especially in a an election year. Featuring Bishop Robert Deeley & Suzanne Lafreniere (Catholic Diocese of Portland), Rev. Jane Field (Maine Council of Churches), Rabbi Carolyn Braun (Temple Beth El), and Councilman Pious Ali. Sponsored by the Saint Joseph’s College Center for Faith and Spirituality.
The Maine Council of Churches was a signatory to the following letter, written by Rev. Dr. Marvin Ellison, that appeared in the Bangor Daily News on September 15. We encourage all faith leaders to add their names by joining the statement at MaineTogetherInFaith.com.
As our nation’s attention is turned to the race-based oppression and privilege that plague us, many in the white community are seeking ways to stand in trustworthy solidarity with our siblings of color. We at the Maine Council of Churches, whose denominations, clergy and congregants are predominantly white, would like to offer an opportunity for white people of faith and good will to simply STOP—in contemplative, prayerful, humble silence—and LISTEN to the voices of people of color—to the truth, pain, judgment, and prophetic calls to action those voices are speaking. Each week this summer, we will publish a link to a short excerpt from a video, radio broadcast or podcast, along with some biographical information about the speaker. It is our hope that this spiritual discipline of listening will lead to transformative awareness and action.
Resource Sharing and Support for Maine Churches Providing Social Services During the COVID-19 Emergency
Click here to watch recording
Today we are releasing “At the Threshold: Congregations and Their Buildings in the Time of COVID-19,” a set of recommendations for Maine’s churches as they begin discerning how and when to re-open their buildings for in-person worship services.
Interactive webinar for clergy and funeral directors to discuss funeral protocols during and after the pandemic
On Friday, May 8, MCC hosted an interactive webinar for Maine funeral professionals and clergy to discuss funerals and grief in a time of COVID19. Click here to watch the recording.
An open letter to Governor Janet Mills and Dr. Nirav Shah and to Maine’s churches and the clergy who serve them,
The Maine Council of Churches, on behalf of our seven member denominations, their 437 congregations and 55,000
Like you, we at the Maine Council of Churches have only had a short time to receive and consider Governor Mills’ April 27 announcement that as of Sunday, May 1, “limited,
Our member denominations are doing an extraordinary job of supporting their congregations during this emergency. We encourage you to rely on your denomination’s resources for guidance and support: